Smoking increases double risk of severe COVID-19, warns Conadic

The National Commission against Addictions warned that people who smoke worsen their defense capacity against COVID-19

Jorge Julio González Olvera, general director of the National Commission against Addictions (Conadic) assured that the tobacco consumption doubles the risk of a more severe picture of COVID-19, which is why he made a call to stop smoking during the pandemic.

In Press conference, specified that smoking is associated with twice the risk of progression to a more severe condition when there is an infection by the SARS CoV-2 virus, so quitting smoking is one of the most recommended practices during this pandemic.

He said that the COVID-19 could be a serious threat for those who smoke tobacco or marijuana, and even for those who use electronic devices known as vapers.

He urged the population to avoid smoking indoors, especially at home, and stressed that any level of exposure to tobacco smoke is harmful and harmful to health.

He indicated that in Mexico smokers have conditions that worsen their defense against these diseases.

“The diagnosis of COVID-19 in those people who have a history of smoking, it increases the risk of pneumonia up to 14 times ”, he warned.

Juan Zinser Sierra, a medical oncologist at the National Cancer Institute, said that during the pandemic of COVID-19 4 million 600 thousand people have died in the world because of smoking, 14 thousand 600 deaths a day, a higher number of deaths due to COVID-19.

He added that the development of lung cancer worldwide it is mainly due to smoking.

He added that the environmental pollution, secondhand tobacco smoke, wood smoke, genetic factors, and previous lung diseases can all cause the disease.

He argued that electronic cigars They are not an alternative, since in most cases they cause more addiction and damage than a normal cigarette.

He stated that a person who smokes between 15 and 24 cigarettes a day loses a ‘micro-life’ a day, a measurement that is equivalent to 30 minutes of life.

Adela Ayensa Alonso, director of the Salvati foundation, said that women represent 53 percent of patients with lung cancer, among people who never smoke.

Said in what air pollution at home It is a risk factor associated with lung cancer, since in the country 11 percent of the population uses firewood to cook and heat food.

With information from López-Dóriga Digital